Religious congregations in Singapore are joining hands to raise funds for two of their communities in need of a new home.

They will be selling food and drinks at a carnival on July 31 to raise money for the Daughters of St Paul and Cenacle Sisters. The two congregations have to vacate their current premises at Jurong West Street 42 in 2017.

Visitors to the food and funfair, to be held at the Church of St Ignatius, can enjoy braised pork belly, curry prawn noodles and soon kueh prepared by the Good Shepherd Sisters and nonya bak chang prepared by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood Sisters among others.

Other segments of the carnival include an auction, wine and cheese tasting, and games.

Other Religious congregations taking part include the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sisters, Carmelite Fathers and Marist Brothers.

“We are very appreciative of the other congregations coming together as a sign of solidarity and despite their own financial needs, to help us for this event,” said Cenacle Sr Francisca Tan.

The idea for the carnival was raised during a Conference of Religious Major Superiors (CRMS) meeting in January this year, during which members agreed to support a joint fundraising project to stand in solidarity with the two Religious congregations.

As the feast day of St Ignatius also falls on July 31, the carnival will be part of the parish feast day celebrations.

Tickets can be purchased during weekend Masses at the Church of St Ignatius or by contacting Sr Mel (9728-8642), Sr Jocelyn (8482-2648), Melina (9450-2883) or Martha (6358-1350).

The carnival will be held from 8am-3pm. For more information, contact Suzanne (9697-7800).

By Jared Ng
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